Karen Hamilton > Brodies LLP > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
G1 3BX

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Karen is a recognised expert in compulsory purchase and compensation. She has significant experience of consenting and land assembly implications for major infrastructure projects in the transport and energy sectors, frequently leading or collaborating within multi-disciplinary teams. She has also advised on a number of high-profile city centre projects, including purpose built student accommodation (PBSA); build to rent (BTR) and hotel developments, and has significant experience in the aquaculture sector.

Karen advises clients on consenting risk and strategy; procedure; EIA; planning obligations; appeals and inquiries. Having worked in local government for 5 years at the start of her career, Karen has a good understanding of the public sector landscape and advises a number of planning authorities and other regulators, as well as developers, funders and major landowners.


Trained Cunninghame District Council (now North Ayrshire); qualified 1997; remained with Council’s litigation team for a further three years; property litigation at McClure Naismith 2000-04; joined Brodies LLP 2004, made partner 2008.


Law Society of Scotland.

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Scotland > Transport

(Leading individuals)

Karen HamiltonBrodies LLP

With expertise in shipping, road, rail, aviation and logistics, Brodies LLP acts for an extensive client roster including airports, ferry operators, rail operators, insurers and public sector bodies. Its shipping and marine work led by Duncan MacLean includes advice on vessel newbuilding contracts, charter agreements, harbour developments and insurance claims, while its rail sector work is split into the two segments rail franchising – led by Roger Cotton – and rail infrastructure jointly led by Jackie McGuire, Karen Hamilton and Odell Milne. Alongside rail projects, the infrastructure group is equally well placed to advise on road projects with typical instructions – for both rail and road – including compulsory purchase, planning and regulatory matters. This broad offering is complemented with solid contentious capabilities.

Scotland > Real estate > Planning

(Leading individuals)

Karen HamiltonBrodies LLP

Brodies LLP stands out for its public sector expertise but also counts prominent private sector players among its clients. This broad client base is testimony to the team’s expertise in high-profile projects – including those in environmentally sensitive locations – in the residential, commercial, leisure, energy and infrastructure sphere. Besides planning applications, the team routinely guides clients through compulsory purchase procedures and environmental impact assessments and has significant expertise in the contentious space. Niall McLean, who made partner in May 2020, is a key contact for planning litigation, while Karen Hamilton is known for her compulsory purchase and compensation expertise. The practice is jointly led by Elaine Farquharson-Black, who advises on all aspects of planning law and has particular expertise in housebuilding, and Neil Collar, who covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious planning.